Low-cost Services

It is part of our mission at CMHS to promote responsible pet ownership. To our shelter this does not simply mean a hearty meal, exercise and belly rubs. Routine visits to a veterinarian, keeping your animal vaccinated and most importantly, spayed or neutered is a huge part of the equation. To make this easier for low-income community members, CMHS offers many services to those who qualify.


People scheduling low cost services must present one of the following:

  • Missouri EBT Card (Food Stamps)
  • MO Healthnet (Medicaid)
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
  • Temporary Medicaid for Pregnant Women: Letter of acceptance into program.
  • LIHEAP (Low Income Utility Assistance): A letter of acceptance
  • Temporary or Permanent Disability: Letter of acceptance
  • Social Security: Proof of age over 62
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Income Eligibile: Show paycheck stubs and household size. Qualifications based on the table below.

Federal Income Chart 

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Surgical Appointments

To reserve an appointment, please call CMHS at 573.825.8976. Payment must be received at the time of set-up. Vaccinations are only available at time of sterilization.  Please know that CMHS works with a variety of rescue groups and organizations who may be able to waive the sterilization fee based on breed.


Animal Food Bank Program

The purpose of our Animal Food Bank Program is to help Boone County pet owners that are facing economic hardships. Our goal is to distribute our donated items so that families will not have to give up their pet simply because they cannot afford to feed them. While using our food bank program, you will not be allowed to adopt an animal from our shelter and you will be disqualified if you add any other pets from any other sources. Due to this program being dependent on donations, we do have to limit the program’s assistance to a maximum of four pets per household.


  • Must have valid MO driver’s license or other legal form of identification
  • Must have proof of low income status (see chart and list above)
  • Must have proof that the animal has been spayed or neutered. If your pet has not been altered, you can call animal control at 573 – 449- 1888 for a free spay or neuter voucher. This must be done before receiving food assistance.
  • Must be a resident of Boone County.

Food is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8am and Noon. You may come in once a month to receive food assistance.

Upcoming Vaccination Clinics

We hold quarterly vaccination clinics here at CMHS. In order to take advantage of this service, you will need to bring verification of your low income status.

February 27th, 2016  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

May 7th, 2016   8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

August 27th, 2016  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

November 5th, 2016  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

No appointment is needed.